lithotomy

noun

li·​thot·​o·​my li-ˈthä-tə-mē How to pronounce lithotomy (audio)
plural lithotomies
: surgical incision of the urinary bladder for removal of a stone

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French lithotomie, borrowed from Late Latin lithotomia, borrowed from Greek lithotomía, from litho- litho- + -tomia -tomy

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lithotomy was in 1721

Dictionary Entries Near lithotomy

Cite this Entry

“Lithotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithotomy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

lithotomy

noun

li·​thot·​o·​my lith-ˈät-ə-mē How to pronounce lithotomy (audio)
plural lithotomies
: surgical incision of the urinary bladder for removal of a calculus
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